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I was first licensed in 1984. I choose to keep my original call having worked so hard to get it. My wife and I have been married since 1973. I tell people I enjoy many hobbies and she tells me I have one hobby and that is being curious.

Being curious is a perfect match for Amateur Radio as there is always something new to learn. Once I got my Tech I went into satelite back in the 1980's using the manual paper and acetate AMSAT Oscar locator turning circles. Now we have computers and handhelds that can do satelite with no effort at all! I also have played with restoring a WWII wireless 19 set. It's a work in progress. I have explored digital modes but like to hear myself talk too much so tend to just rag chew. I do continue to use APRS in my pick-up.

My main station is a Yaseu FTDX 3000; which is a long ways down the path from my used Hallicrafters HT-44 and SX-117 setupfrom my novice days. I also have a FTDX 1200 for a second receiver in the house I use to monitor other frequencies. I also have a FTM 100D for 2 meters and 440 which some day I hope to leanr enough about to take advantage of digital capabilities.  My main antenna is a ground mounted Hustler 6 band verticle. In my second floor attic is a dual band Maldol verticle for vhf and ufh and a home made 6 meter dipole.(and now you know my CC&R restrictions). My F150 carries a Yaseu 857 and a second FTM 100D. I use a simple dual band verticle for the vhf /uhf. My HF mobile antenna is a Tarheel. My field gear consist of a Yaesu FT 450D and FT 8800 with a Thunderbird Jr. triband, an Alpha Antenna EZ Military Verticle and one of their F-Loops. I also have a portable satelite set-up that once again is relegated to field gear do to my CCR's. I carry a Yaesu FT2D handheld. 

I am a member of the Ararat Shrine Amateur Radio Club. I became an Eagle Scout in 1966 and remain active. In fact since I joined scouts as a Cub Scout in January 1960 that is about 57 years of Scouting. Currently I am active in both of my Grandsons' units (Pack and Troop).  I am also a Unit Commissioner. I love mixing Ham Radio and kids. They are hard to impress sometimes growing up around cell phones so I tell them by knowing Morse you get to know a secret code that only a few people can understand. That gets 9 year olds interested pretty quickly.

My most gratifying experience came this last summer when I concluded a years effort for 7 young scouts to talk with the ISS during an ARISS event. We did it at a Kansas City area council wide Jamboree called the Scouting 500. 

My other hobbies include model railroading, camping, pistol shooting and woodcarving.  I play a couple of instruments badly but at east thier fun,

I am old fashion and love to QSL with cards.I send QSL cards often. If you send me one you will get a return guaranteed.  Unfortunately I am horrible at logging.  I always mean to do better.

Hope we chat soon.


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